Author presents on Yellowstone fires and fire management at NIC

The forest fires in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 changed the face of the park and the national forests surrounding it, scorching more than one million acres. But the fires also changed the face of America, raising a debate on fire management and whether the fires should be suppressed by firefighters or allowed to run their natural course.
|photo1|Author Rocky Barker, a seasoned environmental reporter who was on the ground and in the smoke during the fires, will discuss fire management based on his book “Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America” (Island Press) during a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Molstead Library’s Todd Hall at North Idaho College.
Scorched Earth takes readers from the heat of the flames to their origins more than a century before, digging back in time to reveal both the history of Yellowstone and the history of firefighting in the American West. In the book, Barker looks at federal policy and whether it aided or lessened the potential for such natural catastrophes.
Barker is the environmental writer for the Idaho Statesman in Boise and his columns have been syndicated in newspapers nationwide. He is also the author of the book “Saving All the Parts: Reconciling Economics and the Endangered Species Act” (Island Press).
The presentation is sponsored by NIC’s Molstead Library. It is free and open to the public.
Information: (208) 769-3355.

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NIC Molstead Library Assistant-Circulation Skip Kuck, (208) 769-3355

Posted: Friday, Dec. 2, 2005

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